Electric vehicles play an important role to ensure a stable electricity network

Electric vehicles play an important role to ensure a stable electricity network

10-02-2016

TenneT and The New Motion have started to use thousands of electric cars (EV’s) to ensure the stability of the electricity grid. The EV’s are participating ‘live’ on the “frequency imbalance market”. The introduction of EV’s on this market at this scale is a world premiere. With the increase of electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy, the balance between electricity production and demand needs to be adjusted more often. This requires new solutions in order to absorb these fluctuations of the electricity network.

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“Thispilot is part of TenneT’s overall strategy to prepare energy systems for the larger use of renewable energy. In the coming years, the generation of volatile electricity, i.e. electricity that fluctuates in production output, will increase and conventional power plants will slowly be taken out of operation. Therefore, it will become necessary to absorb the sudden irregular rise and fall (fluctuations) of the electricity that is generated. Companies such as The New Motion are able to control the power usage from all connected EV’s to alleviate these fluctuations and by doing so they play an important role in TenneT’s vision,” says Ben Voorhorst, Chief Operations Officer at TenneT.

Always in balance
TenneT’s role is to ensure a stable electricity grid, which means that the supply and demand of electricity should always be equal to each other. Imbalances between supply and demand results in irregularities in the grid frequency. Until now, the traditional large players in the electricity market solved these irregularities by measuring them and changing their production output or demand accordingly (on the frequency imbalance market). The market was inaccessible for small players with aggregated volumes. TenneT and The New Motion will use the next year to demonstrate the value of the contribution of an aggregate pool of EV’s. During this period, The New Motion will start offering all customers the opportunity to participate.

“The New Motion’s goal is to accelerate the transition towards sustainable mobility. With this new technology we can make electric driving even more attractive for our customers. With over 25.000 charge points we operate the largest charge network in Europe. It is important that we can offer this new service to our clients as soon as possible, so they can experience the full potential of electric mobility” says Ritsaart van Montfrans, Founder of The New Motion.

From the start, The New Motion has worked to unlock the potential of energy services for electric vehicles. An electric car is not only a form of transportation but it can also be used to store electricity. Every The New Motion charge point is equipped with the ability to manage the charging speed in an automatic way. To realize the connection with the real-time energy market, The New Motion has been working together with Nuvve, an American company who has already successfully demonstrated this technology in the US. The delivery of the frequency support is the first step. A next step is the option to integrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which enables discharging of the battery as well.

About The New Motion
The New Motion, founded in 2009, offers advanced charging solutions for drivers of electric vehicles (EV) and EV-charge locations. All our activities aim to facilitate drivers of (Plug-in Hybrid) EV’s to be able to drive as many kilometers on electricity as possible using, as much as possible, electricity retrieved from renewable energy sources. Electric driving is a fantastic experience and it’s not only great for the environment but it’s also great for your wallet. We make electric driving easy and fun.

In the last five years The New Motion has installed 25.000 intelligent charge points. By using The New Motion charge card, drivers can access The New Motion’s charge network consisting of 25.000 public charge points spread across Europe. The New Motion charge network is the largest, fastest growing and most intensely used charging networks in Europe. A growing number of European EV drivers use The New Motion products and services, including Europe’s most interoperable charge pass. We also offer charging solutions to companies for (commercial) operation of chargers, and work closely together with leasing companies and car manufacturers. The New Motion is continuously expanding its charging network in and outside The Netherlands. Also in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and the United Kingdom EV-drivers can charge their EV’s at The New Motion charge points and use our comprehensive offering of charging services. www.thenewmotion.com

About TenneT
TenneT is a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO) with its main activities in the Netherlands and Germany. With over 22,000 kilometres of high-voltage lines we ensure a secure supply of electricity to 41 million end-users. We employ over 3,000 people, have a turnover of EUR 2.3 billion and our assets total EUR 13.6 billion. TenneT is one of Europe’s major investors in national and cross-border grid connections on land and at sea, bringing together the Northwest European energy markets and enabling the energy transition. We take every effort to meet the needs of society by being responsible, engaged and connected. Taking power further.